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Cancer Group Finds Excess Body Fat Alone Causes More Than 100,000 Cancers in U.S.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 General News J E 4
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Presents Latest Scientific Evidence on Adverse Impact of Obesity on Cancer Diagnosis and Survival

On the heels of new estimates that obesity-related diseases contribute $147 billion to the nation's health care bill, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is taking aim at the large number of life-threatening cancers that are preventable through effective weight management. In conjunction with its Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer in Washington, AICR will hold a news conference on November 5 to present new, evidence-based estimates that excess body fat alone is responsible for more than 100,000 cancer cases annually in the U.S., including cancers of the endometrium, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, gallbladder, breast and colon/rectum. At the same time, AICR will address the implications of alarmingly low rates of awareness of the obesity/cancer link among the public and present the latest data linking obesity with poorer outcomes both during and after cancer treatment.

The following summarizes the details of this major press event:

Who:

Lawrence Kushi, Sc.D., Associate Director for Etiology and Prevention Research at Kaiser Permanente, will summarize the latest evidence that excess body fat alone is responsible for more than 100,000 cancer cases each year and explain why this link exists. Dr. Kushi led one of the independent research teams that contributed to the 2007 AICR/WCRF Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective.

Melinda Irwin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, will address the role of exercise and weight loss on breast cancer survivorship in women.

Alice Bender, M.S., R.D., AICR Nutrition Communications Manager, will chart the findings from AICR's biennial survey of cancer risk, documenting that awareness of the obesity/cancer link among the general public remains alarmingly low and is impeding cancer prevention and treatment efforts.

When:

11:00 AM, November 5, 2009

Where:

Federal Room B, Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington, DC

CONTACT: Glen Weldon of the American Institute for Cancer Research, +1-202-328-7744 ext. 221, g.weldon@aicr.org

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 28/

SOURCE American Institute for Cancer Research
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